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WO: Weekly Obsessions

 

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It’s been an emotional week for my home state, particularly for the city of Orlando. I woke up Sunday to my family and friends there marked as “Safe” on Facebook, but there are more than 50 families who weren’t as fortunate. I’m still collecting my thoughts into coherent sentences for a separate post, but until then, here are some things to help us smile through the pain:

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  1. Hallee’s Birthday: Hallee Sorenson is a vibrant young woman, who happens to be autistic and celebrated her 18th birthday alone last year after invited guests failed to show. Her cousin Becky has now invited all of Facebook to send Hallee birthday wishes via mail. If you can take a few minutes to brighten this young lady’s day, cards can be mailed to:
    Hallee Sorenson
    34 Wellesley Way
    Bangor, ME 04401
  2. Magz Retires: The mother of all teachers — my mother — retired last week after 32 years of teaching foreign languages and life lessons. She spent 22 years at the same high school and has inspired countless students throughout her tenure. True to form, she’s still working hard this week and grading AP tests in Cincinnati. There’s a large margarita on the rocks (no salt) with her name on it when I see her next month.
  3. T-Rex Competes on “America Ninja Warrior”: The T-Rex costume has provided plenty of laughs in various viral videos, but this one might just take the cake. I don’t think I could complete any of these obstacles in regular clothes, let alone an inflatable costume. Spoiler alert: T-Rex’s tiny arms may be his downfall.
  4. NYC Gay Men’s Chorus on “GMA”: Driving out the darkness with a message of positivity, my friend Marc and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus shone brightly on Monday’s broadcast of “Good Morning America.” Their message of pride and joy to comfort the grieving Orlando and LGTBQ communities is truly mesmerizing.

On a final note, as Father’s Day approaches: If you’re fortunate enough to have a relationship with your dad, please call or spend time with him — anything you can — on Sunday. A close friend of mine just lost her father to cancer, 50+ children in Orlando won’t be celebrating and there are things so much bigger in this world than our stubborn differences and disputes.

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WO: Weekly Obsessions

What is it about short workweeks that makes them feel so long? The handful of days in the office drag out more painfully than a five-day week, and the workload doesn’t seem to reflect fewer hours. Don’t you worry, though; I still do enough complaining about it to fill 40 hours.

  1. iSummit: This two-day conference in Orlando was a welcome beginning to my week. Networking, new ideas, networking, new-business pitches, did I mention networking?
  2. Memphis: I’m visiting my bestie from high school and her hubster for a few days, and I couldn’t be more excited! Some other longtime friends will be joining too. Let the shitshow begin 🙂
  3. Moe’s Free Queso Day: All you need to know is that Moe’s will give away free queso tomorrow, Sept. 20. You’re welcome, in advance, for making your Thursday delicious.
  4. “Fallin'” by Connie Francis: Target always gets me with its seasonal advertising — remember the colorful Alouette spot? I’m all about this latest release for fall, featuring a lovely soundtrack from the late ’50s.

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